Thread: Pre-Game Talk: GAME #5 - Canucks @ Sharks - "BARF!"
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01-26-2013, 12:52 PM
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I like Garrison on the first unit because the defense pairings don't get jumbled up after a long powerplay shift. Suppose Edler and Bieksa play a 2 minute shift for the entire powerplay but don't score. Then, we'll only have Ballard-Tanev as a fresh pairing for the next shift. After that, the other two pairings will have one player who's a little more gassed. For the next few shifts, until Edler/Bieksa regain their breaths, the team is at a major disadvantage.

The Canucks will score about 1/4-1/5 of their powerplays, but they have long Sedin shifts maybe 2/5 times every game. Not great for the even strength game.

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